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  • February 14, 2019 5:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Local Music Scene, a monthly improv show at Bryant Lake Bowl Theater has sponsorship opportunities available. Every month a local musician performs music, and a group of some of the city's finest improvisors improvise comedic scenes inspired by the lyrics. I'm looking for businesses interested in sponsoring the show.

    The benefits of sponsorship include:

    • the business' logo on 200 posters put up all over town,
    • and mentions on social media, the program, during the show.

    Sponsorship packages are affordable and great for small businesses looking to increase their visibility. A current sponsor, a small barber shop, has renewed their sponsorship month after month and is now expanding their business by adding more barbers and chairs.

    The marketing area includes Southwest Minneapolis, and high-traffic areas throughout the rest of the city. If you are interested, please contact:

    Philip Simondet

  • February 14, 2019 5:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Top 20 Food Code Changes for Businesses 

    As of January 1, 2019, Minnesota has a new Food Code. Check out the 20 major changes in the new Food Code for business owners, managers and food service workers. You can also view and share this information as a flyer in English or Spanish.

  • February 14, 2019 5:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Homegrown Small Business Fund - Loan Program

    The Homegrown Small Business Fund loan program provides financing and technical assistance to Minneapolis-based businesses that process, grow and manufacture food products. Loans of up to $10,000 at a 2% interest rate are available for eligible expenses, including:

    • Processing/Manufacturing (raw materials, washing and drying of produce, packaging, storage containers, labeling, equipment)
    • Distribution (leasehold improvements, approved off-site storage facilities, logistics equipment)
    • Marketing (advertising, packaging materials, branding)
    • Working Capital

  • February 14, 2019 5:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Homegrown Minneapolis Community Food Forum

    Join Homegrown Minneapolis for a dynamic evening of food systems conversations and the launch of our Minneapolis food action planning process. 

    Wednesday, April 17th | 5:00 - 7:30 pm

    5:00 - 6:00 pm Registration, reception and resource fair. 
    Light bites from Minneapolis Public Schools True Food Catering.

    6:00 - 7:30 pm
     Program and breakout sessions.
    Program to feature Mayor Jacob Frey, Minneapolis City Council Member Jeremy Schroeder, University of Minnesota Professor Anu Ramaswami, and Homegrown Minneapolis staff and Food Council members. Share your insights in breakout sessions and learn about opportunities to stay engaged. More program details to come.

    Minneapolis Public Schools Davis Center
    1250 W Broadway Ave, Minneapolis

    More Information and RSVP

    Interested in tabling at the resource fair? Local partners that support our community’s ability to grow, process, distribute, eat and compost more healthy, sustainable, locally grown foods are encouraged to sign up by March 15th.

  • February 08, 2019 10:47 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Any sign of spring is welcome after these past few weeks, so I’ve got some good news: the City’s low-cost trees program is back! Thanks to overwhelming popularity, the program operates by lottery, open now through March 13. About 800 Minneapolis property owners will get the opportunity to claim a 5- to 8-foot tree to plant in their yard. Large species shade trees are $30 each. Fruit trees and smaller species are $40 each. Comparable trees cost about $125 at a nursery.

    The 14 varieties available this year include large species, flowering trees and several kinds of fruit trees. Trees are available to Minneapolis residents, businesses, and nonprofits. Each address is limited to one tree (and a complimentary bag of mulch), with pickup May 18, 19 or 20. Over the past 13 years, the City Trees program has provided 14,000 trees to support our environment and build the tree canopy. Enter this spring's lottery here.

  • January 09, 2019 3:58 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are pleased to announce that we are adding a program to recognize outstanding local business leaders in the Southwest Minneapolis area for 2019. SWBA is kicking off its awards program with a core of: 

    • Business Owner of the Year
    • Woman Owned Business Owner of the Year
    • Minority Owned Business Owner of the Year
    • Volunteer of the Year

    Criteria, deadlines and details to apply are posted at

    Questions should be directed to the SWBA Coordinator, Jessica Reinhardt, at 612-823-3472 or

  • August 15, 2018 1:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    SWBA was successful in getting the city to adjust their sign code in a number of areas that make the code more business friendly. Watch for details in the next SWBA eNews in your inbox!

  • July 21, 2018 10:40 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Minneapolis 2040 Draft Plan Comment Period closes tomorrow (Sunday, July 22). The association has reviewed the plan, taken member comments, and is submitting a letter with recommendations, but you are encouraged to submit individual comments on areas that will impact you and your business as well. You can find the plan online at, and can submit comments using the green comment boxes on the policy pages on the site.

    SWBA Identified Policies 54, 58 and 59 as the primary areas that focus on business initiatives. We are commenting on parking, transportation, business support efforts, financial education, commercial space affordability, City generated business regulations, and City taxes/fees/assessments impacting business.

  • June 25, 2018 10:16 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    SWBA is sharing a webinar opportunity to learn some techniques for implementing wage increases that can help your business grow and thrive. This webinar was prepared by the City of Minneapolis in conjunction with local and national non-profits.

     Minimum Wage: How to Implement

    Build Common Wealth

    The 7/1 Minimum Wage Increase: Tips and Tools for Implementation

    Date: June 28,PM Central
    Click Here to Register

    The new Minneapolis minimum wage ordinance goes into effect July 1. Learn how to implement this new ordinance and about simple tools you can use to boost your business by encouraging your employees’ financial stability. Tune in on June 28 at 2 pm to hear from Brian Walsh of the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights, Prepare + Prosper, and Commonwealth.

    Prepare + Prosper works to build financial health and provide access to high quality tax and financial services and financial coaching in the Minneapolis-St.Paul region.

    Commonwealth is a national mission-driven, non-profit organization. We collaborate with consumers, employers, the financial services industry, policy makers, and mission-driven organizations to build solutions to make people financially secure.


    Our featured speakers:

  • April 20, 2018 12:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Fellow member Whitney Emanuel of Strategic Visionaries is hosting a seminar that will help you:

    • Protect your business
    • Reward your employees
    • Plan your future
    • Minimize your tax liability
    Thursday, April 26th
    3:30-5:00 pm
    3600 Minnesota Drive, St 84
    Edina, MN 55435

    612-210-5963 OR
    *Space is limited - RSVP early
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